Imperator: The Life of Julius Caesar

(Fresh Prince Theme)

This is a story of all about how an Empire got twisted upside down

and I’d  like to take a minute just sit right there

I’ll tell you how Caesar became the Prince of a town called Bel Air Rome.

West of the Tiber born and raised

On the battlefield was where Julius spent most of his days

Chillin’ out maxin’ relaxin’ all cool

And all shootin some arrows outside of the school

When a couple of tribes who were up to no good

Started making trouble in his neighborhood

He got in one little fight and they got scared

Emperor said ‘You’re movin’ with your army to a place called Gaul’

I’m sure you get the jist of the rest..but every great General needs a great walk in theme tune right?

Rags to Riches Story

So Gaius Julius Caesar is one of the most famous Roman Generals that ever lived, but not everything was smooth sailing for the guy. It has long been disputed, it’s estimated that Julius Caesar was born in Rome on July 12 or 13, 100 BC. While he hailed from Roman aristocrats, his family was far from rich. When Caesar was 16 his father, Gaius Caesar, died. He remained close to his mother, Aurelia.

The Rome of Caesar’s youth was unstable. An element of disorder ruled the Republic, which had discredited its nobility and seemed unable to handle its considerable size and influence.

At around the time of his father’s death, Caesar made a concerted effort to side with the country’s nobility. His marriage to Cornelia, the daughter of a noble, had drawn the ire of Rome’s dictator, Sulla, who ordered the young Roman to divorce his wife or risk losing his property. Caesar refused and found escape in the military, serving first in the province of Asia and then in Cilicia.

Caesar had a drive to make Rome a large Empire, expansion was always on his mind. Between 58 and 50 BC, Caesar conquered Gaul (nowadays France) and invaded Briton.

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The Dictator

Through a series of events, Caesar eventually went to war against Pompey, leading troops across the river Rubicon on January 10-11, 49 BC. With Pompey further aligning himself with nobility, and the nobility increasingly seeing Caesar as a national threat, civil war proved to be inevitable.But Pompey and his troops were no a match for Caesar and his military campaign. By the end of 48 BC, Caesar had pushed his enemies out of Italy and pursued Pompey into Egypt, where he was eventually killed. There, Caesar aligned himself with Cleopatra, with whom he had a son, Caesarion.Upon his return to Rome, Caesar was made dictator for life and hailed as the Father of his Country. For Caesar and his countrymen, his rule proved instrumental in reforming Rome.He would serve just a year’s term before his assassination, but in that short period Caesar greatly transformed the empire. He relieved debt and reformed the Senate by increasing its size and opening it up so that it better represented Romans as a whole. He reformed the Roman calendar and reorganized how local government was constructed. In addition he resurrected two city-states, Carthage and Corinth, which had been destroyed by his predecessors, and he granted citizenship to a number of foreigners. He also proved to be a benevolent victor by inviting some of his defeated rivals to join him in the government.

But Caesar was also careful to solidify his power and rule. He stuffed the Senate with allies, and required the same body to grant him honors and titles. He was allowed to speak first at assembly meetings, and Roman coins bore his face.

He was made dictator for life in 45 BC and was called Father of his Country (Pater Patriae). The month of Quintilis was re-named in his honor, and continues to be known as July.
We are big fans of HBO here at The Áed and their show “Rome” is just dandy! It is also pretty accurate! Why not take a look at this trailer – it may just whet your appetite!
For more information on Julius Caesar, roam on over here (haha do you get it? roam/Rome :D) . Also be sure to check out my blog on Caesar’s death “Et tu Brute?”. It’s bloody interesting stuff!

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